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Contradictory message in ‘personal and intimate’ and ‘neither natural nor private’


The passage below is from Fathoms: The World in the Whale Hardcover by Rebecca Giggs.


The idea that the unconscious can be envisaged as a sea has its own history. It owes its existence to narratives about what the ocean represents in the western tradition and the twentieth century, narratives addressing how human mentality functions, and whether or not an individual’s sense of self, separate from their community, is even interesting to plumb (or decorous to expose). It is a trope composed in art, worship, literature. How does a space as boundless and ungraspable as ‘the sea’ come to seem personal and intimate? It took a long time before I came to realise that the processes by which the sea was turned into a metaphor for a person’s unconscious were neither natural nor private. I belong to these narratives —maybe you do, too. I pickup whatever thing a dream washes onto my shoreline and turn it over to look, hoping for the shimmery incandescence of pearlshell, and fearing instead the exposure of a writhing, unspeakable underside; an impulse unmentionable.


This passage says “‘the sea’ come to seem personal and intimate”.

(Here can ‘the sea’ be thought of as ‘a person’s unconscious’ in the next sentence? Am I right?)

Then the next sentence the author says ‘the processes by which the sea was turned into a metaphor for a person’s unconscious were neither natural nor private’.

I’m okay with her thought in that everyone has their right to have their own thought. But in the sense of context I don’t think she doesn’t give any reason for her contradictory message with the earlier sentence by saying ‘the processes... neither natural nor private’.

(Am I right?)

Then the sentence jumps up to her ‘personal and intimate’ dream.

My last question. I think the sentence with ‘contradictory message’ don’t have any logical relation with any other sentences, so it can be dismissed.

(Am I right? But this time I don’t want to be right. I want this sentence to have a meaning with other ones. If it has, please give me the reason.)


Thanks in advance.

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Stenka25(Am I right? But this time I don’t want to be right. I want this sentence to have a meaning with other ones. If it has, please give me the reason.)

I can't make heads or tails of the whole passage. She seems to be shooting from the hip with her eyes shut. She seems to be cherrypicking Freud. Besides, I never thought that the subconscious was routinely compared to the sea. Mine is nothing like a sea.

Thanks a lot as always, anonymous.